The Great Muppet Caper

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Overview

The Great Muppet Caper is the second Muppet film and it is considerably more complex than its predecessor, The Muppet Movie, which was essentially just a road movie. As the film begins, Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear are reporters who have failed to bag a story of a London jewel heist, which happened under their watch. The real criminals managed to escape and frame Miss Piggy as the thief. Kermit, Fozzie and the Great Gonzo set out on a mission to solve the mystery and track down the criminals who stole the ...
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Overview

The Great Muppet Caper is the second Muppet film and it is considerably more complex than its predecessor, The Muppet Movie, which was essentially just a road movie. As the film begins, Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear are reporters who have failed to bag a story of a London jewel heist, which happened under their watch. The real criminals managed to escape and frame Miss Piggy as the thief. Kermit, Fozzie and the Great Gonzo set out on a mission to solve the mystery and track down the criminals who stole the Baseball Diamond. There are fewer star cameos and songs in The Great Muppet Caper than in The Muppet Movie, although appearances from John Cleese and Charles Grodin are particularly memorable.
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Special Features

Backstage Disney; Pepe Profiles Presents - Miss Piggy: The Diva Who Would Not Be Denied; Technical Specifications:; May only applyto feature film; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; Widescreen (1:85.1)-enhanced for 16x9 television; Full screen (1.33:1); French language track
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
For their second movie, Kermit and company are literally dropped (that’s what you get for flying “ninth class”) into a Hollywood caper involving the theft of London’s grand Baseball Diamond. Intrepid investigative reporters and twin brothers Kermit and Fozzie Bear (don’t ask) must solve the crime to save their jobs. Good luck. For starters, the Muppet ensemble is just having too much fun making a movie, as witness Gonzo, Fozzie, and Kermit’s running commentary during the opening credits (“Gee, a lot of people worked on this movie”) and the fantastic production number “Starring Everybody…and Me.” What self-respecting crime movie takes time out for a Busby Berkeley-style water ballet -- featuring a synchronous-swimming pig, no less? A Muppet movie, of course. That said, The Great Muppet Caper is not as rousing a success as The Muppet Movie. The London location is underutilized, and the pacing is off, with some scenes and songs going on too long. But the smart script and the game human cast keep things moving right along. Ravishing Diana Rigg costars as Lady Holiday, a fashion designer, and Charles Grodin steals scenes as her feckless brother, who has designs on both his sister’s diamond and Miss Piggy, an aspiring model who becomes the unwitting fall-pig in his scheme. As with the first film, there are fun and fleeting cameos. Among the most memorable are John Cleese, Peter Falk, and Oscar the Grouch.
All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
Jim Henson's feature film directorial debut is actually the Muppets' second silver screen effort, but follows the same formula that made their television show and first film a success. The Great Muppet Caper boasts crowd-pleasingly silly musical numbers which combine with clever jokes and sight gags that range from innocently goofy to relatively sophisticated, clearly taking into consideration the audience's wide range of ages. The Great Muppet Caper is, of course, populated by Henson's very cuddly and adorable creations, but is also smart enough to know that while cute can carry you a long way on a short TV. show, a feature length film requires a little more effort. Thus, the film pokes as much fun at itself as it does at its setting ("Merry Old England"). The script could use a little tightening up, as the story sometimes stumbles in search of ways to hook the tunes and gags to a plausible plotline. Narrative flaws notwithstanding, Henson's cheerful and giddy film, which is packed with mostly quite amusing cameos by B-level movie stars, is in many ways a throwback to the goofy and mostly pointless comedies of the 1960's (Help, et al.).
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/29/2005
  • UPC: 786936287820
  • Original Release: 1981
  • Rating:

  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Anniversary Edition
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 11,318

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Grodin Nicky Holiday
Diana Rigg Lady Holiday
John Cleese Neville
Robert Morley Gentleman
Peter Ustinov Trucker
Jack Warden Editor
Peggy Aitchison Prison Guard
Susan Backlinie Charlie's Water Ballet Performer
Robert Barnett Muppet Performer
Erica Creer Marla
Peter Falk Tramp
Della Finch Darla
Tommy Godfrey Bus Conductor
Dave Goelz Beauregard, Dr. Bunsen, Gonzo/Chester Rat/Bill the Frog/Zoot, Honeydew, The Great Gonzo, Zoot
Louise Gold Muppet Performer
Jim Henson Dr. Teeth, Kermit, Rowlf, Waldorf
Brian Henson Muppet Performer
Trevor Howard
Kate Howard Carla
Peter Hughes Maitre d'
Richard Hunt Beaker, Janice, Scooter, Statler, Sweetums
Valli Kemp 2nd Model
Denise McKenna Charlie's Water Ballet Performer
Lynn Latham Charlie's Water Ballet Performer
Cynthia Leake Charlie's Water Ballet Performer
Chai Lee Model
Kathryn Mullen Muppet Performer
Muppets
Christine Nelson Girl in Park
Jerry Nelson Camilla, Lew Zealand, Pops
Frank Oz Sam the Eagle
Bobby Payne Muppet Performer
Mike Quinn Muppet Performer
Michael Robbins Guard
Joan Sanderson Dorcas
Carroll Spinney Oscar the Grouch
Steve Whitmire Rizzo the Rat
Technical Credits
Jim Henson Director
Terry Ackland-Snow Art Director
Michael Barnes Casting
Charles Bishop Art Director
Derek V. Browne Camera Operator
Dusty Symonds Asst. Director
Joanne Green Costumes/Costume Designer
Julie Harris Costumes/Costume Designer
Calista Hendrickson Costumes/Costume Designer
Jerry Juhl Screenwriter
Ralph Kemplen Editor
Harry Lange Production Designer
David Lazer Producer
Leigh Malone Art Director, Editor
Anita Mann Choreography
Oswald Morris Cinematographer
Danielle Obinger Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank Oz Producer
Tom Patchett Screenwriter
Joe Raposo Score Composer, Songwriter
Jack Rose Screenwriter
Bruce Sharman Associate Producer
Carol Spier Costumes/Costume Designer
Martin Starger Executive Producer
Mary Strieff Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Sutton Sound/Sound Designer
Jay Tarses Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Great Muppet Caper [FS]
1. Main Title [5:56]
2. "Happiness Hotel" [11:25]
3. Lady Holiday's Office [8:13]
4. "Steppin' Out With A Star|00:07:41|}
5. At 17 Highbrow Street [9:05]
6. Double Date [9:56]
7. In The Park [9:46]
8. "Piggy's Fantasy" [8:41]
9. Pig In The Pokey [8:38]
10. At The Mallory Gallery [5:49]
11. Foilling The Heist [8:49]
12. End Credits [3:48]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Great Muppet Caper [FS]
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   Scene Selection
   Bonus Features
      Backstage Disney: Pepe Profiles Presents - Miss Piggy: The Diva Who Would Not Be Denied
   Set Up
      Audio & Video Options
         Full Screen: English
         Full Screen: French
         Widescreen: English
         Widescreen: French
      Captions
         English for The Hearing Impaired
         English for The Hearing Impaired: None
      Register Your DVD
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   Sneak Peeks
      Walt Disney's Lady and the Tramp
      The Wild Shaggy Dog
      The Muppet Show
      The Muppets Wizard of Oz
      Radio Disney
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A great classic

    Our family has enjoyed this movie for years, and our video is almost worn out. There are wonderfully funny and memorable moments, that entertain each and every viewing. Our children are grown ups now, and still laugh and enjoy watching "The Great Movie Caper".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    For my son? No, it's for me!

    My husband and I frequently quote this movie since we grew up on the Muppets. The characters are lovable and of course the dialogue is unforgettable. "We'll catch them red-handed. What color are their hands now?" We searched high and low for this film since it's out of distribution, luckily B&N promises it will be shipped shortly. I can't wait to introduce this one to our son. I usually am not a Charles Grodin fan, but how can you not respect a man who hits on a pig puppet?!

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